AIB and ROTHCO Release Beautiful New Book Literally Grown from Grass Roots
Demonstrating the power of natural resources, ROTHCO and Allied Irish Bank announce the tour of an incredible new book, ‘10 | The Book That Grew’. In an initiative to support Irish agriculture and farming, the book has been grown entirely from grass.
In a world’s first, every page, every word, and every diagram in this book was formed by real grass roots as they grew.
In 2017, AIB partnered with Teagasc (Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority) to launch a multi-year campaign to increase grass utilisation on Irish livestock farms. AIB has a business relationship with almost 35% of farmers in Ireland and with the roots of the Irish economy in Agriculture, AIB is committed to backing farmers with the help they need to grow their business.
‘The Book That Grew’ is the latest instalment of AIB’s ongoing campaign. Working with creative agency, ROTHCO, AIB wanted to deliver the most up to date guide for efficiency and sustainability in farming by changing the way farmers see the country’s greatest resource - grass.
Creative Director Ray Swan notes, “The idea of growing a book from grass roots about grass management and sustainability was beautifully simple and powerful. We knew it would be difficult, maybe even impossible, because nobody has ever tried this before, but in AIB we had a client who was willing to go on this journey with us.”
The book was grown from the very grass that Irish farmers nurture and contains 10 tangible lessons and 10 pieces of practical advice designed to help maximise sustainability and increase profitability. These 10 steps enable farmers to achieve a ‘perfect’ 10 rotations of grass grazing per year, and produce 10 tonnes of grass per hectare – a truly powerful number that will greatly improve the sustainability of even the most efficient farm. These lessons shaped into the pages of a book were created by bespoke plates that were used to manipulate the growth of the roots into legible shapes.
Each page was grown during February and March 2019 by German artist Diana Scherer. The pages were then harvested in Amsterdam and bound together in Dublin by Letterpress Printer and Bookbinder, Jamie Murphy of The Salvage Press. Everything in the book, including the ink and binding were made from the same grass, demonstrating that when managed correctly, it can work wonders.
‘10 | The Book That Grew’ will now begin a tour of the country at AIB-partnered agricultural events such as the National Ploughing Championships. The book contents will be made available on AIB’s website, while video and photography of how this incredible process took place will be distributed through AIB’s social channels.
Executive Producer: Al Byrnes
Executive Creative Director: Alan Kelly
Creative Team: Fabiano Dalmacio & Rob Maguire
Creative Directors: Ray Swan & Emma Sharkey
Account Director: Alan McQuaid
Project Director: Irene Sharkey
Business Director: Jimi McGrath
Design Director: Shane O’Riordan
Designer: Diogo Dias
Artist: Diana Scherer
Photographer: Diana Scherer
Letterpress Printer & Book Binder: Jamie Murphy @ The Salvage Press
Production Assistant: Siobhan Coakley
PR: Jill Byrne
Director: Jake Viramontez
Director of Photography: Jake Viramontez
Editor: Jake Viramontez
Sound: Will Farrell @ Screen Scene